Plight Of The Homeless


Sir, - I endorse everything said by P. Kiely of Donegal Town (November 29th). We should all be ashamed that, in this booming economy, the weakest members of our society are left abandoned.

On the same day you also had two excellent reports - one on a traveller family on the side of the Naas Road who will be bringing a newborn infant into appalling conditions at Christmas, the other on the huge increase in the numbers of people sleeping rough on the streets of Dublin. Our figures are now much higher than those for similarly sized cities in Britain, such as Manchester, Birmingham or Liverpool.

Contrast this with the piece on November 28th by Frank McDonald, headed "Approval of Spike likely by year end". Apparently, approval for this ridiculous £4 million construction on O'Connell Street is likely to be given before Christmas by Mr Dempsey, Minister for the Environment.

Could I again appeal to Mr Dempsey, Mr Brennan and the Millennium Committee to erect a lasting monument on our behalf by using the £4 million to house the homeless? - Yours, etc.,

Mary Kirwan, Drummartin Park, Dublin 14.